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'Nigerian girls’ kidnap beginning of end of terror'

CAMPAIGN: Mothers protest over their daughters' abduction (PA)

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan said the kidnapping of more than 230 girls was the last straw for Islamist militants Boko Haram’s reign of terror.

The April 14 abduction has sparked outrage around the globe and calls for Nigeria to liberate the girls before they can be sold into slavery or harmed.

In a speech, Jonathan thanked China, the US, the UK and France for their offers of help to rescue the girls.

Others have expressed their solidarity including US First Lady Michelle Obama who tweeted an image of herself holding a piece of white paper with the message: “#BringBackOurGirls”.

Goodluck said: "I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.”

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden" in the local Hausa language, began its insurgency in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state in 2009.

At least 1,200 people are estimated to have died in the violence and security crackdown this year alone.

The schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school on the night of 14 April from the town of Chibok in Borno state.

In a video released earlier this week, Boko Haram's leader threatened to "sell" the students, saying they should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married.

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